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23 DAYS TO 2017 KICKOFF: Mike McCoy

In which BracketCat counts down the 23rd day until the 2017 kickoff with a profile of running back Mike McCoy.

#8 Daniel Thomas
Is it too early to suggest that Mike McCoy has the physical talent to begin to approach the awesomeness that was Daniel Thomas (8)? Yeah, probably...
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#23 Mike McCoy

Redshirt Freshman | 6-2 | 233 lbs. | Topeka, Kansas
Mike McCoy
Mike McCoy
Courtesy Kansas State Athletics
  • Position: Running Back
  • Previous College: None
  • Projection: Scout Team
  • Status: On Scholarship

Mike Jerome McCoy (b. June 4, 1998) is a dynamic running back who impressed last year during his redshirt season. He will use fall camp to compete for playing time in the backfield.

McCoy played for under head coach Walt Alexander at Topeka High School, where he was rated the fifth-best player in the state of Kansas in the class of 2016 by Rivals, while he checked in at No. 6, according to ESPN. He also was viewed as the 27th-best running back nationally by Rivals and the best in the state of Kansas by Scout.

McCoy was named to the USA Today Sports/American Family Insurance All-USA Kansas Team as a senior. A first-team all-state selection by The Topeka Capital-Journal following his senior campaign, in addition to earning honorable mention honors from The Wichita Eagle, he also earned honorable mention accolades from both publications as a junior.

McCoy rushed for nearly 1,500 yards and 24 touchdowns as a senior en route to All-City Offensive Player of the Year honors, and helped to lead the Trojans to an 8-2 record in 2015 and a 7-3 mark in 2014, culminating with trips to the state playoffs both seasons.

He was named the East team Most Valuable Player of the 2016 Kansas Shrine Bowl after tying a game record with four rushing touchdowns, rushing for 89 yards on 13 carries and hauling in three passes for 53 yards in the contest.

McCoy is a cousin of Stacy McGee, who played defensive line at Oklahoma and just finished his fourth NFL season with the Oakland Raiders.